25 October, 2020

‘The Chair Is Bad. I Do Not Want It At All.’

Bal Thackeray's eldest, estranged son spoke his mind on his father's first death anniversary

Amit Haralkar
‘The Chair Is Bad. I Do Not Want It At All.’

There are many feuds in the family of Bal Thackeray, the late founder of the Shiv Sena. The most famous of them, of course, is Raj-versus-Uddhav. Very little, however, is known of the estrangement of Jaidev Thackeray, Balasaheb’s eldest son, from the family: he had taken part in the fune­ral rites of his father last year but generally keeps a low profile. But on the first death anniversary of Balasaheb, he spoke his mind on the proposed memorial for the late leader. He spoke to Prachi Pinglay-Plumber at his residence, not far from the Sena founder’s famous address, Matoshree.

What prompted you to speak to the media after so long?

Some mediapersons had come to ask about my memories of Balasaheb before the death anniversary (Nov 17). At the time, we also discussed issues related to the proposed memorial (for Balasaheb) and his statue. I suggested the memorial should be in a beautiful, appropriate place. This was misconstrued—as if I was opposing the memorial itself....



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